- COACH — CHRIS MACHOL (10th year, 52-45)
- CONFERENCE — CCC Division II East
- PLAYOFF CLASS — L (617 boys enrollment)
- HOME — George T. Bennett Field, Farmington
- 2017 RECORD — 3-7
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 6 vs. Platt, 6 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — Team site, Maxpreps
- MAX BARTHOLOMAY, Sr., MLB/FB, (5-10, 195)
- NIGEL DEBRITO, Sr., OG/DT, (5-10, 215)
- AIDAN SPOSATO, Sr., RB/S, (6-0, 180)
- CASPER MUTER, Sr., OT/DE (6-5, 235)
- JAKE CONRAD, Jr., QB (6-2, 190)
- MIKE GREGORY, Jr., WR/CB (6-0, 165)
- ZIHARE GREAVES, Sr., WR (5-9, 140)
QB Zac Conrad, RB/OLB Jack Beisel, WR/DB Dante Colagiovanni, Luke Popolizio, Muhil Saravana
Farmington will be heading into the season with a new quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The Indians, though, will be returning plenty of beef up front, perhaps, making the transition a bit smoother.
Three offensive lineman — including Nigel DeBrito and Casper Muter — plus fullback Max Bartholomay are back to protect and create holes for new quarterback Jake Conrad and running back Aidan Sposato, an All-CCC Division II selection as a safety last year.
Conrad will have big shoes to fill, but at least they’re hand-me-downs. His older brother, Zac (now at Endicott), started the last two seasons and led the team with 14 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns last year.
Farmington coach Chris Machol said that replacing his two-year signal caller is going to be one of the biggest obstacles the team will have to overcome. The rest of the roster, he said, is full of experience.
That could bode well for a unit looking to improve upon its 164 points scored a year ago.
“(We have a) deeper and more experienced line than the last few seasons,” the nine-year veteran coach said. “A number of this year’s juniors played a lot as sophomores.”
Mike Gregory and Zihare Greaves will slide into the top receiver spots and have to replace Dante Colagiovanni (65 catches, 790 yards and six touchdowns) who led the Indians in every receiving category.
On defense, the Indians return their top tackler from a year ago in Bartholomay, an All-CCC Division II selection as a junior. The middle linebacker had 47 solo tackles and was second on the team with 60 total. Nigel DeBrito and Casper Muter will be expected to lead the defensive line. Sposato, who made 44 tackles and had an interception last year, should lead the secondary.
Machol says his team will look to compete in every game as the program attempts to march back up the CCC Division II ladder. Farmington’s last winning season was in 2013, when it went 9-2 and reached the Class L playoffs.
The Indians’ kick off the 2018 season at home vs. Platt and then hit the road to face Newington. Both teams also had losing records in 2017.
Farmington then gets thrown into the fire with games against powerhouses Windsor and Middletown, both on the road. Unlike last season, those two matchups are broken up by a home game vs. Bristol Eastern.
- Sept. 6 — PLATT*, 6 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — at Newington*, 6:30 p.m.
- Sept. 21 — at Windsor**, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 29 — BRISTOL EASTERN*, 2 p.m.
- Oct. 12 — at Middletown**, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — HARTFORD PUBLIC**, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 26 — at Maloney*, 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — E.O. SMITH**, 6 p.m.
- Nov. 16 — CREC, 6 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — PLAINVILLE*, 10 a.m.
Home games in CAPS
* CONFERENCE game